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Enhancing Art Education for Armenian Children

We're thrilled to share yet another milestone in our mission to transform lives and build a brighter future for our young people.

Once a dilapidated and shabby art school, which has served as an educational haven for the children of Lori province for years, reopened its doors on May 24th. Now, around 100 students will benefit from a rejuvenated and reconstructed facility. This transformation was made possible by the generous donation of Kourken Yegarian, in loving memory of Armenik Yegarian. The official reopening was graced by the leader of the Gugarats Diocese, the Governor of Lori province, the Acting Mayor of Vanadzor, and high-ranking guests from Armenia and the USA.

"God has blessed this structure and our young people," said His Grace Hovnan Bishop Hakobyan, leader of the Gugarats Diocese. "By coming here, they will gain an education and spiritual development, planting the seeds for the future of Armenia. We thank Fund for Armenian Relief for their invaluable contribution to Vanadzor and beyond. Your efforts are deeply appreciated."

“This gift to the Vanadzor community and its art-loving children is priceless," said Bagrat Sargsyan, FAR Armenia Country Director. "In just one year, we transformed a neglected building from the 1950s into a modern, two-story school. Fully furnished and equipped, it will now serve over 200 students, allowing them to discover their talents in fine arts. We are deeply grateful to Mr. Kourken Yegarian for his generous support in rebuilding this art school."

Built in 1957, the Vanadzor Community Art School had fallen into disrepair, limiting educational opportunities for local children. Now, thanks to extensive renovations, the school boasts spacious, bright classrooms for drawing, painting, sculpture, decorative arts, and graphics. The newly added second floor houses a well-lit exhibition hall. Alongside construction and renovation, the school was equipped with new furniture and essential learning accessories.

Previously, around 100 children attended the school. With the renovations complete, enrollment is set to double, welcoming approximately 200 students from Vanadzor and neighboring communities.

To help transform more lives and create a supportive educational environment for rural children, please consider donating to FAR today.


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